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A few weeks back I posted a version of this song that had a lot of noise in it. Well our good friend GuyGrooves came to my rescue and cleaned up the original noisy audio file as well as doing some other magic on it for me using Izotope. I think he did a great job on the offending track, and really appreciate him helping me out especially considering this is a 14 year old audio recording brought back from the brink as it were.

Thank you Guy for all you help, you're tops in my book my friend.

I decided to make this my Pedal Steel Guitar debut on this redone song. and while I realize the Steel playing in this is not very good, I have only been playing around with the Steel for a little over a month. That's not an excuse, it's a reason for why the steel ain't that great, but as time and practice goes on, hopefully it'll get better. I just wanted to try to play it a little on this song, for remembrance sake.

Hope you enjoy the new version, and thanks for listening,

Ed

p.s. I asked Guy to give us a little synopsis of what he did to the track when he was working on it trying to clean it up and enhance the sound of it. Being the Gentleman Guy is, he honored my request and I am posting it here. The purpose of this is to try to help others learn from his experience working on this song with me and for me. So I and those that will learn from this thank you Guy for all you kindness and your help.

From GuyGrooves

I want to make sure everyone is aware that Ed did another transfer of those files and managed to capture a much cleaner version of the song before I ever touched it. It was an opportunity for me to work with some new software I have. Izotope RX, it is very cool, and can do some amazing restoration and repair work. I am still very new to the entire digital side of recording and consider myself an old analog dog.
This song was already very well mixed, and if anyone understands mastering, a good mix is key when it comes to the task at hand. My job was an easy one. The first thing I did was run it through Izotope RX and put a mild de-clipper on it to quiet down some hot spots in the vocals, and recover some headroom. Then to make sure I had no extra noise I ran it through the de-clicker in the same program.

This software in stand alone mode, works with 32 bit, so I had to put it into Bias peak pro to convert it back to 24 and then I put it into Logic Pro. From there I opened up Ozone 3 and started with the multiband dynamics with a soft knee and a high threshold with a low ratio. I then added multiband harmonics with low values and no delay with the tube setting on. Then the loudness maximizer with 0.0 threshold and -0.3 margin with 4.4 on the smoothing. I do this all by ear and

I am still learning what some of the different processors actually do, and what they are for. So no tech questions please ha ha ha.

I then added another program from PSP called "Vintage warmer 2" which I got because I really miss that warmth that analog recordings have. It is easy to use and works well, but to my ear it doesn't quite get it there. This combination of processors boosted the levels and pleased my ear, however the hot spots in the vocals re-appeared. Luckily Izotope RX works as a plugin as well. I just put the de-clipper in the channel strip of the mixed track and bumped up the output a touch on Ozone and the warmer without taking to much of the dynamic range out of the song, and I was basically done.

The only eq I added was with the warmer which has a 2 band eq in it. That should tell you how good this mix was when I got it. I love this song, and the passion with which my friend Ed sings it. I wanted it to keep from affecting the passion that grips you and keeps your toe tapping for the entire song. Thank you Ed, for this wonderful song and the opportunity to touch it up so to speak. I am truly honored you let me.
Guy
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Lyrics
S H E ' S A S O L D I E R
Dedicated to my dear wife Sharon Beth (Fintel) Wemmerus
Words, Music and Arrangement By Edward C. Wemmerus Sr.
Copyright © November 27, 1995 All Rights Reserved


V E R S E I
Well it's early in the mornin' when she rises from her bed
Sometimes fearful, sometimes lonely, sometimes scared of what's ahead
But she gets up every mornin', and prays away the dread
She's got the courage that can only come from God. Yeah Yeah
I said the courage that can only come from God

V E R S E II
On the job from early mornin', till the sun goes down at night
She's a worker in the vineyard, of the Son of God on high
Never letting go the vision of his power and his might
She's got the power that can only comes from God. Yeah Yeah
You know the power that can only come from God

C H O R U S
She's a soldier in the army of the Lord
Never doubting for a minute, the power of His call
Through the fire and temptation, he never lets her fall
She's a soldier in the army of the Lord.( Yeah, Yeah ) ------ last chorus only

Play one verse Instrumental, Then repeat the C H O R U S

tag lines: (Repeat twice)

A soldier in the army of the Lord. ---- One more time
A soldier in the army of the Lord.
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Uploaded: Apr 25, 2009 - 02:48:44 PM
Last Updated: May 23, 2010 - 01:01:36 PM Last Played: Jun 21, 2017 - 12:20:56 AM
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Hardware:
Original recording:
Tascam TRS-8 8 track reel tape & M2516 mixer, Yamaha SY99 Synth/Sequencer, Takamine GX200 Electric Solid Body Guitar, Various mics, effects, and outboard processing gear, Technics SA-DA10 DAT recorder

Rework of this version
iMac 2.0g, Tascam FW1804 interface, Carter Starter Pedal Steel.

What ever equipment GuyGrooves used to rework the original master track
Software:
Mine: Yamaha SY99 sequencer, Logic Express 8

GuyGrooves: Izotope and whatever magic plugins he used with it.
Comments
mowguy3 said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
She's a Soldier
Great job of cleaning this up Guy, Night and Day. And as for the pedal steel,only one month? Sounds great, honest! Ed if you hadent said I would have never known. Nothing lost and everything gained with this remix. Very nice.
Thanks, Mow
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sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Thank you Russ
I gotta say it, Guy did an awesome job on this track and I thank him for the effort. After he sent it back to me I messed with it for about 3 days trying to get it mixed in with the original midid and add the Steel to it. My ears were bleeding by the time I got done with it, but all the effort paid off with a much better production.

Thanks for listening Russ, and the kind words on it. I really appreciate you coming back to check out the new version.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed

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davisamerica said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Ed and Guy
Just re stating what Russ said. Amazing :clean up" and don't fret the pedal guit. as it sounds just great. I know how much this original recording means Ed and she shines now man ... just great tech and performance skills here. Vey Impressed!!
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sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Thanks Jack
Yeah, it turned out a lot better than the first post. Gotta love the work Guy did on the track in cleaning it up and putting some punch into it. The Steel thing was just something I wanted to add as a final gesture to Sharon.

Thanks again for coming back to listen to the new version Jack, and the kind words on it.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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lavalamp said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Made me smile
This is true Americana. Enjoyed this quite a lot. Pro performance.

LL
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sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Thank you David
Telling stories and fining inspiration in song is what Country Music is all about. I'm glad you listened, even happier you enjoyed the song.

Thank you for the kind words my friend. Be well and be cool,

Ed
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DarkPlanet said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Well done
big difference in this remix, great song!
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sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Thanks Tom
We can all thank Guy for the improvements in this one. He did an excellent job of cleaning and enhancing the original track which made the remix possible and worth the time.

Thanks for listening and the kind words Tom, Good to see you out and about again.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
RoughRooster said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Yes!
Guy did a great job on the 'clean up' Ed and I love the additions of your pedal steel on this special song.
Great playing and I love this even more, great stuff!
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sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Yes indeed he did Bob/Des
Don't know for sure, but I think this is Bob talking to me.

I couldn't let the song go, the way it was the first time, so when Guy offered to help I said sure, see what you can do. I sent him the aif file and he sent it back sounding really, really good.

After I got it back, I remix it with the original MIDI file, add the Pedal Steel and there ya go, it's all better now.

I was, and still am a little unsure about the Steel part, but since I've only been fooling with the a Pedal Steel for a month or so I guess that would be natural. I hear the errors and/or poor playing in the track when I play it back by itself, that are kind of buried in the mix and I know they are in there. Just gambling that no one will notice them.

But all in all I am happy with Sharon's song now and feel much better about it being out in public without an escort.

Thanks again Bob/Des for the kind words and for coming to listen to it again, it is much appreciated.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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Bazz said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Great stuff Ed
I was really knocked out by this, and went back and listened to the first version. This one a great technical improvement of course, but in both - what a combination of the inspirational, and down to earth gutsy acceptance of what has to be, and all with a great swing that makes you want to dance round the table - or even on it! Keep at it pal, this is what music is all about.
sloparts said 3127 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Thank you Bazz
It's nice to meet you. I'm so glad you came to listen to this song, and I'm also happy that you enjoyed it. Of course, it has a special meaning to me on a personal level, but hopefully others will draw upon this as a resource if the need arises.

Thanks again for listening and for the wonderful comment, I really do appreciate it.

I went to your artist page and though you don't give your name I did see that Rebsie is you daughter. You can be very proud of what she does here on MacJams, as I'm sure you are. She is a wonderful member of this community of very talented souls.

Be well and be cool Bazz,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
tempie said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
swaggering and honest
man terrific atmospheric mix - sounds like an empty barroom - warm wood floors, tin ceilings, everything bouncing around just right. i love it. as a recovering southern baptist i'm a sucker for a religious tune, especially the honest, swaggering "it's Sunday morning after Saturday nite" type. Great tribute to your wife also...
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sloparts said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Thanks Craig
It's all about love my friend.

Glad you enjoyed Sharon's song. The song had a mission, which it completed successfully, and what more could you ask of a song.

Thanks again for listening and for the kind words Craig, they are very much appreciated.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Doadars Uncle said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Hey Ed!
Empowered! Great tune. Sounds like Sharon Rocks. Nicely done, Ed.
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sloparts said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Yes she does Doug
Thank you for listening and for the kind words. It can sometimes be amazing how a song will affect a person when it is done for them on a personal level. Hopefully some of that affect will reach others now that she's been released into the world to spread her message.

Thank you again my friend for listening.

Ed
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thetiler said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
I like the country feel to this
a real boot scootin tunage ! Nice singing and i love how you made such a great dedication to your wife !

Nice high note at the end too Ed ! Way to go!
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sloparts said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Thank you Bill
When I did this song originally, I wanted it to be uplifting for Sharon. It had just that effect on her and helped to lift her spirits, and mine, in what was a very difficult time for both of us.

That's the reason it's such a lively song my friend, and since I was writing mostly Country song back then, that explains the Genre choice too. As for the high note, I just got lucky and made it up there.

Thanks again for listening Bill and for the very kind words.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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Scott Carmichael said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
your early appeal for me
was the way you nail this Americana vibe so authenticly... It will always be your signiture for me... Ed's thumbprint... this one has it in spades...

very cool friend
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sloparts said 3126 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Thank you Scott
What a kind thing to say.

I'm really glad you got to hear this one Scott, I was hoping you'd drop by. it's a special song with a lot of heart and meaning in it, but it's still a Country song no mater what.

Funny how things work out sometimes. As I was reading you post and for a moment, I looked up at my e-mail program's in box and there was a email for our mutual friend Yeman. I haven't heard from him in a few months, and just as I reading your post I see his email. I connect you two together in my mind because of what you did for him when he came to America.

He's was just checking in and saying hello, wishing me and mine well and all. I'm really glad you posted about him back when he came to the states, and because of that post, I got to know him too. He seems like such a wonderful you man with so much talent, you can't help but like him and wish him well. When I answer I'll let him know I talked to you, at least in this way.

Thanks you again for the very kind words my friend, and for coming over to listen to Sharon's song.

Be well and be cool, and peace to you and your,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Sigmund said 3124 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
soldier
I listened to this version first - then I went back to hear the original - man what a difference! Guy really did a great job of cleaning this recording up. As far as the pedal steel goes - sounded cool to me. Especially fitting for this particular genre - Americana I think others have called it. I have no doubt you succeeded in lifting your wife's spirits with this tune. What an amazing gift you gave to her - which had to be unimaginably difficult for you at the time. Even now so many years later...well, I commend you for your courage in sharing this tune with us - thank you Ed
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sloparts said 3124 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Thank you Sigmund
You're right Sigmund, Guy did a wonderful job on this and helped me to return the song to what it was when I did it originally, and then some. As he said, I did finally get a much cleaner track to him for him to work with, than the one I used in the first posting, but even that one needed some work to get it all the way back. So there's no way I can thank him enough for his generous help.

There was nothing I wouldn't do to try and help Sharon, and this was one way I had that I could lift her spirits. It worked, of which I am very grateful, and although it didn't change the final outcome, it did help to bring her peace.

Thank you again Sigmund for your very kind words, I'm sure Sharon is smiling at you right now, and maybe even at me.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Sigmund said 3124 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
hey
Ed, there is no doubt she is smiling at you.

Take care,
Sig
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sloparts said 3124 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Amen Brother
Ed
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Relic67 said 3122 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Awesome
I liked this song the first time, but I'm really impressed with the mastering job by GuyGrooves.
It really sounds great. good stuff guys. Pedal steel is always a nice thing to hear.


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sloparts said 3122 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Thanks Relic
I appreciate you coming back to check out the cleaned up mix my friend. GuyGrooves did a wonderful job on this and I can't thank him enough.

As for the Pedal Steel, it was something I wanted to add as a little personal touch to then new track.
Be well and be cool Relic,

Ed
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segiperkasa said 3122 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
cool
this is a cool rework ... great job ....
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sloparts said 3122 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Thank you Segi
I owe it all to GuyGrooves, for the excellent job he did on reworking the original recording. I'm glad you like the way the redo sounds, and I appreciate you sending along the kind words my friend.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Daugrin said 3121 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
She's on the Line
Thanks for this knock. You keep working that steel brother, try www.steelradio.com, lots of inspiration. The learning curve is tough but I think it's in ya!

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sloparts said 3121 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Thanks Daugrin
The encouragement is needed and appreciated my friend.

Thanks to for coming over to listen and leave those kind words on the song.

Be well and be cool, and welcome to MacJams

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
guitapick said 3120 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Sounds great you guys!
True country western stuff. The pedal steel's fine and dandy and gonna only get better, Ed...and Guy's done a great job of getting the most out of the mix.

And: your voice, Mr. Sloparts, is fantastic!
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sloparts said 3120 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Well there ya go
I couldn't ask for a better review, thanks for that Bob.

Guy really did come through on reworking the original track. I did manage to get him a relatively clean track, but even that one needed so serious work to make it sound right. Guy is a straight up kinda guy, (non pun intended)

Thanks for the nice words about the vocal and my voice Bob, it's thoroughly appreciated. Glad you enjoyed Sharon;s song.

Be well and be cool Bob,

Ed
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Calchas said 3117 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
Oh yeah...
This cleaned up nicely! Well done Guy...

I liked it a lot the first time around, but this is better.

Wonderful stuff Ed!

Be well bro!
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sloparts said 3117 days ago (May 6th, 2009)
Yes, Guy did a great job on this.
As he mentioned, I did manage to get him a much cleaner track to work with, but even so, it is amazing how much better it sounded after he worked his magic on it. The man knows what he's doing, although he say he doesn't, but mainly he has a very good ear for sonic detail, and gets the job done.

Glad you liked the new version better Micheal. Thanks for stopping in to check it out, and for the kind words on it.

Take care, be well, and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
tireiron said 3113 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
nice job
great tune ed. i always like your stuff. this is very cool. i didn't check out the "dirty" version so i didn't hear what it sounded like but i appreciate what guy added. i've go a bunch of stuff on 16 track (yup! a scully that still works) that i want to remaster and the software might just be the ticket. i had to go to local community college a few years back to figure out how to work this new fangled digital stuff. computers used punch cards when i got into recording 8-) and now there's this new internet thingy 8-0

john
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sloparts said 3112 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
There was a time, John
when I went to school for the old IBM punchcard computers. Can't even remember what model it was, but it was in 1965 as I recall. Look at us now my friend, using DAW and 24bit 192khz recording systems like we know what we're doing.

But really, when you get down to it, it's the song that matters. If it doesn't touch someone on an emotional, intellectual, or spiritual level, what's the point.

The other thing that's important is sharing skills and helping friends to learn, and that's the way Guy is. I thank him for that and I thank you for dropping in to listen and comment on this song John.

Take care my friend and be well,

Ed
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Dj French Toast said 3107 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
sounds great
Dude :)
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sloparts said 3107 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Thanks Benny
Sometimes you just have to post the personal stuff to get it off you mind. This was one of those times my friend.

Thanks again for listening and the nice comment Benny

Ed
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Bob6stringer said 3103 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Lord-a-mighty, it's a miracle!
I just listened to the original and Im amazed at what you and Guy mined from it. It was "in the rough," and now it's a true diamond.

Nuff said on that count. Back to the central issue: it's a fantastic song. Ed, your voice is extremely strong here, and everything fits hand in glove.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3103 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Ditto, Bob
Great tune!

Cheers,
Jim
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sloparts said 3103 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Thanks Bro
I'm really glad you came to listen to this one, and the other one before it. I did manage to get a cleaner track off the DAT tape for guy to work with, but even so he did an awesome job of making this one fit for human consumption.

It's a labor of love, beyond that, not much else matters. It help to bring peace to Sharon and that was my intent. Than you God for helping us do that.

Thanks again Bro.

Talk to ya later.

Ed
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sloparts said 3103 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Thanks Jim
It's was a special event for me to share this. Now I have and i feel much better about it.

Thanks for the kind words Jim

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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